Need help choosing a dryer. Frozen into inaction.
Oh, please won't someone help me? I have needed a dryer for a month now and I am frozen into inaction. I have tried researching everything I can about dryers and I never seem to find one that someone doesn't hate. As soon as I am sure I have decided which one to go with, I read horror stories and start the search all over. At first I thought I had to have steam and now I think I am being a chump about it. I already have a washing machine that still works and I could care less if the two machines look alike.
Here is what I need:
I need a gas dryer that has a lot of settings. I need one that is very hot when I need it to be for towels, but one that I can put on a much lower setting for delicates. I don't need the dryer to try to figure out what I want it to do, I am happy to be an active participant in doing the laundry. But, I do need plenty of options. I also don't need the machine to remember my preferences, for now my memory still works.
I was looking into steam, but it seems like a frightful waste of money. I can continue putting in a damp washcloth like I have been doing for 40 years. Unless someone tells me that a steam dryer is a miracle. I don't expect to use that feature very often and I can't stand the thought that some dryers rust due to the steam. I have no children and I don't work anymore...so no fancy work clothes. I wash clothes for only my husband and I.
Call me old fashioned, but I want a dryer that is dependable. I know that a lot of government regulations have made washing machines close to useless these days, are they doing the same thing to dryers? I could care less if it is "energy efficient". My time is worth a lot to me, and I want a dryer that doesn't take over an hour to do a load of towels. I hate laundry and usually do it all once every 3 weeks or so. That process can take me 4 hours or 8 depending on the machine. I need a dryer that will keep up with my washing machine as best it can.
So, in short, I want a dryer that is fast, reliable, and has plenty of settings so I don't shrink everything that touches it, but isn't so dainty it takes forever to dry the tough stuff. Is it possible to get a machine that does all three or do I have to pick two of the above?
Please help me. My poor head is so confused right now.